Official Trailer – Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last

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Premiering Saturday, April 18th, Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last is a one-hour film chronicling the nearly six-year journey to the most anticipated fight of the modern era, featuring an inside look at Manny Pacquiao’s preparations for Floyd Mayweather.

Russell Wilson, Jim Harbaugh & Chris Rock Headline Tuesday’s All-New Real Sports

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH MICHIGAN HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JIM HARBAUGH;

PROFILES SEATTLE SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACK RUSSELL WILSON; AND

REVISITS THE DEBATE OVER CHEWING TOBACCO IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

WHEN IT RETURNS APRIL 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

 

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 217th edition debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

(Jim Harbaugh at The Big House with correspondent Andrea Kremer.)

*Jim Harbaugh. After his bumpy departure from the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh left the Bay Area with many questions unanswered. Now settled in as head football coach at the University of Michigan, the 51-year-old sits down with REAL SPORTS correspondent Andrea Kremer to talk about his falling-out with the 49ers and how it landed him back where his father was an assistant under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler and Harbaugh himself was quarterback of the football team. Kremer learns that Harbaugh’s fiery demeanor and win-at-any-cost mentality may have contributed to this career move – and that he has no plans of toning down his passion any time soon.

Producers: Josh Fine, Beret Remak.

(Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with host Bryant Gumbel.)

            *Seattle’s Savior. When you toss the biggest interception in Super Bowl history, how do you cope? REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel travels to San Diego, where Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks’ superstar quarterback, spends the offseason to speak with him about that ill-fated play, witness his grueling workouts and see how he’s handling the criticism. Gumbel also gets a behind-the-scenes look at the former two-sport star as he trains with the Texas Rangers, who own his baseball rights, at spring training and learns that the University of Wisconsin product may aspire to play the two sports professionally one day.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

(Tony Gwynn, Jr. speaking with correspondent Jon Frankel.)

            *Big League Chew. When baseball great Tony Gwynn died last summer from salivary gland cancer at age 54, smokeless tobacco in Major League Baseball became a hot topic yet again. It’s estimated that a third of MLB players chew or dip smokeless tobacco – a number new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would like to see reduced to zero. When REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel first examined the issue in May 2011, he discovered why this controversial custom is permitted, why so many players use when the health risks are well documented and how its popularity among the game’s elite affects the players of tomorrow. Now, Frankel sits down with Manfred to get the league’s current stance on the issue and hears from Gwynn’s son, major leaguer Tony Jr., who knows all too well about the toll smokeless tobacco can take.

Producers: Tim Walker, Nisreen Habbal.

Throughout 2015, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who closes each show with a personal, unfiltered take on an element of sports. This month, longtime HBO favorite Chris Rock offers his take on African-Americans and baseball.

Other HBO playdates: April 21 (2:45 a.m.), 23 (9:00 a.m., 5:15 p.m.), 25 (12:45 a.m.), 26 (12:45 p.m.) and 29 (6:00 p.m., 4:10 a.m.), and May 2 (10:00 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. PT only) and 6 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 27 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (9:45 p.m.), and May 3 (3:00 p.m.), 5 (4:45 p.m.), 9 (9:30 a.m.), 12 (11:45 a.m., 2:15 a.m.), 14 (11:30 p.m.) and 18 (4:00 p.m.)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

On March 24, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL received five nominations for the 2015 Sports Emmy® Awards, in the Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Sports News Anthology categories. The winners will be announced May 5.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on April 21, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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The Fight Game with Jim Lampley returns April 14

fight-game-hboTHE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY returns with a new edition TUESDAY, APRIL 14 (11:00-11:30 pm. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy® winner, who has been the host of HBO Boxing since joining the network in 1988, the show is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing.

Other HBO playdates: April 14 (5:30 a.m.), 18 (12:45 a.m.), 19 (12:45 p.m.), 21 (10:15 a.m.), 22 (9:45 p.m.), 23 (11:00 a.m., 3:35 a.m.), 25 (10:15 a.m.) and 29 (4:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 16 (8:30 p.m.), 20 (4:30 p.m.), 24 (3:30 p.m.), 26 (3:00 p.m.), 27 (1:45 a.m.), and 29 (11:30 p.m.), and May 1 (10:15 a.m.) and 3 (9:30 a.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability begins April 16. The show will also be available on HBO GO®.

On this edition of THE FIGHT GAME, commentators Max Kellerman and Michelle Beadle join Lampley for a look at the biggest news stories and personalities in the sport. This month, Beadle reports from Las Vegas on the big business generated by the May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega-fight; the show marks the 30th anniversary of Hagler-Hearns, one of the sport’s most spectacular battles; Lampley looks at how the history of American heavyweight champions shapes the April 25 Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings bout; and he presents an all-new edition of the Gatti list.

Immediately following the program, fight fans can log on to hbo.com for an exclusive overtime segment hosted by Lampley.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns with a special NCAA edition March 24

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL PRESENTS AN NCAA SPECIAL,

EXAMINING THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF INJURIES ON FORMER ATHLETES AND

EXPLORING THE GROWING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS OF STUDENT-ATHLETES,

ALONG WITH SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

WHEN IT RETURNS MARCH 24, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, departs from its usual format for a special look at the NCAA and its treatment (or as some allege, mistreatment) of student-athletes when the show’s 216th edition debuts TUESDAY, MARCH 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

*The Wreckage. The stakes are high when a college athlete suffers a serious injury and a possible pro career hangs in the balance. Injuries sustained on the field can not only leave devastating scars and require years of painful rehabilitation, but also create mounds of debt that become the athlete’s legacy long after the headlines fade.

Correspondent Bernard Goldberg meets with numerous former college student-athletes who endured massive injuries and discovers that once players are no longer at school, they’re typically on their own to pay medical bills and support their debilitated bodies. He speaks to players from the University of Washington, Oklahoma University, Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University, who document financial difficulties stemming from medical expenses and the lack of earning potential resulting from injuries suffered while representing their colleges. REAL SPORTS also talks to national health and labor experts, asking how the NCAA and the schools have been able to avoid paying for these injuries and sidestep labor protections available to nearly every worker in all 50 states.

Producer: Josh Fine.

            *Under the Radar. College athletes are often regarded as well-rounded young adults, brimming with self-confidence and good character, and in peak physical condition. However, a sizable number of them are currently being diagnosed as clinically depressed. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel examines this alarming mental health crisis and discovers that many athletes report feeling overwhelmed by team responsibilities, performance mandates and academic workloads, while suffering under increasingly abusive coaches who often control their athletic and academic future. Frankel sits down with the NCAA’s chief medical officer, a workplace abuse expert and former NCAA athletes to learn more.

Producer: Josh Fine.

To lend perspective, host Bryant Gumbel will lead spirited discussions following both segments, with panelists discussing the two pieces and tackling related issues at a time when interest in college athletics is exceptionally high.

Throughout the 2015 season, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who will close each show with a personal, unfiltered take on some element of sports. This month, comedian Lewis Black takes on the NCAA.

Other HBO playdates: March 24 (2:40 a.m.), 26 (1:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 29 (11:00 a.m.) and 31 (4:00 p.m.), and April 1 (10:45 a.m., 6:00 p.m.), 4 (11:30 a.m.), 6 (12:10 a.m.) and 9 (3:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 27 (5:45 p.m.) and 31 (8:30 p.m.), and April 2 (2:40 p.m., midnight), 7 (11:00 a.m.), 11 (4:30 p.m.), 16 (1:10 a.m.) and 19 (2:45 p.m.)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

REAL SPORTS was recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. It is the only sports program ever honored with two duPont Awards, first in 2005 and again in 2012. Debuting April 2, 1995, the series has captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, receiving 26 Sports Emmys® overall.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on March 24, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Saturday, May 2 Live on Pay-Per-View

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LAS VEGAS (March 11, 2015) – Sports fans will be treated to the fight that has captured the attention of the entire world when boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather steps into the ring to face eight-division world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao in an epic welterweight world championship unification bout. The much-anticipated mega-fight will take place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., the pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.

Superstars Mayweather and Pacquiao, whose crossover appeal transcends the sport and has made them household names, will compete in an event that is expected to eclipse any and all pay-per-view, live gate and closed circuit records. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will rival legendary and memorable prizefights in the sport’s history such as the “Thrilla in Manila,” the “Rumble in the Jungle” and Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Tommy Hearns.

“Since the fight was announced, the response from the public has been unbelievable, and it’s even more clear that this is the fight the fans want to see,” said Mayweather. “I’m grateful that Manny Pacquiao and I were able to make it happen. This will be the biggest event in the history of boxing. I can’t thank my team enough for their support from day one. I’m more motivated than ever to put on an unbelievable show, and I’ll be ready for May 2.”

“I will be ready for my date with destiny on May 2,” said Pacquiao.  “I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years. They have waited long enough and they deserve it.  It is their mandate.  It is an honor to be part of this historic event.  I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”

The fighters, promoters and network executives worked in close cooperation to ensure that every detail was agreed upon and set in order to deliver this historic fight.

“This fight is what we’ve all been waiting for,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. We always say that we want to give the fans what they want, and on May 2 they will get just that. “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is the biggest event in the history of boxing, and we’re confident it will break all pay-per-view, live gate, and closed circuit records. Floyd has worked hard his whole career and controlled his own destiny to get to this point. Mayweather Promotions is excited for him and to be part of this extraordinary opportunity for everybody involved.”

“The whole world is eagerly awaiting this exciting battle,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank “With the help of God, we will be triumphant.”

“Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been the two most prominent fighters in the sport of boxing for the past decade, and fight fans around the world have been clamoring for them to face each other,” said Ken Hershman, President HBO Sports. “And now, on May 2, in what everyone believes will be the biggest boxing event of all-time, fight fans have been granted their wish. May 2 will be a signature moment for the sport of boxing and HBO Sports is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event. I know the fighters and their teams will be primed to excel and we plan to work closely with everyone involved to deliver the same level of performance from a broadcast perspective.”

“When Showtime Networks signed Floyd Mayweather we began planning for spectacular events throughout the term of our agreement.  For both Floyd and for us, this fight was the top priority,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “The overwhelming anticipation for this fight is driving us to work around the clock on virtually every aspect of the event to deliver a world-class presentation worthy of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.”

“Like boxing fans worldwide, we’re very excited that the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight has come to fruition,” said Richard Sturm, president of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this championship fight at MGM Grand, home to the sport’s biggest events. This May weekend will prove to be one of the most electric weekends Las Vegas has ever experienced.”

One of the most decorated fighters in the history of the sport, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) is an 11-time world champion in five weight divisions and is universally recognized as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. With his trademark speed, defensive prowess and ability to read his opponents Mayweather has amassed wins over 20 world champions in his already legendary 19-year career.  In addition to his in-ring accomplishments, Forbes, Fortune and Sports Illustrated have named Mayweather the world’s highest-paid athlete multiple times. His events average more than one million pay-per-view buys per fight, which is the highest average of any boxer in history. Mayweather holds the all-time record in gross pay-per-view receipts and has participated in three of the top six highest grossing pay-per-view events of all-time. Thus far, Mayweather is the only fighter to have participated in two events that generated more than 2 million pay-per-view buys each. Mayweather has been decorated with awards for “Best Male Athlete” and “Fighter of the Year” by various organizations including five ESPN ESPY Awards and two Boxing Writers Association of America awards.

Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines (he was reelected to a second term, running unopposed in 2013), is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Fighter of the Decade,” Pacquiao’s resumé features victories over present and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Márquez. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with more than 13 million domestic pay-per-view buys.  Pacquiao regained the WBO welterweight title last year, on April 12, via a scintillating unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley Jr., avenging his controversial 2012 split decision loss to the undefeated two-division world champion.

HBO Sports has brought the best in sports to television for four decades -– from world championship boxing events, to intriguing documentaries and specials, to the most honored and compelling reality programming franchise, and the most provocative sports magazine program on TV. HBO has covered the sport of boxing unlike anyone else over the last 40 years. Three series comprise the HBO Boxing franchise, including the flagship World Championship Boxing® series, the HBO Pay-Per-View® service, which is the pay-per-view arm of Home Box Office and a premier supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry, and the late-night HBO Boxing After Dark® series, which was introduced in 1996.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound.  Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert.  The MGM Grand Garden Arena also is home to annual events including Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Festival, Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Championship and the Frozen Fury NHL pre-season game hosted by the Los Angeles Kings.

For more information visit www.mayweatherpromotions.comwww.toprank.comwww.SHO.com/Sports,www.hbo.com/boxing and www.mgmgrand.com and follow on Twitter at @floydmayweather, @MannyPacquiao @mayweatherpromo, @TRBoxing, @SHOSports, @HBOboxing and @Swanson_Comm, and become a fan on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/FloydMayweatherwww.facebook.com/TopRankMannyPacquiao www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotionswww.facebook.com/TRBoxingwww.facebook.com/SHOsports andwww.facebook.com/HBOBoxing.

Meyer, Collinsworth, Marbury & ’85 Bears on Real Sports Tuesday

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

LOOKS BACK AT THE ICONIC 1985 CHICAGO BEARS;

INTERVIEWS NFL ANALYST CRIS COLLINSWORTH;

CATCHES UP WITH FORMER NBA STAR STEPHON MARBURY IN BEIJING; AND

RECONNECTS WITH THREE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION URBAN MEYER

WHEN IT RETURNS JAN. 20, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

            REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with an all-new season of enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 214th edition debuts on TUESDAY, JAN. 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

*Monsters of the Midway. The 1985 Chicago Bears are among the most iconic championship teams in modern pro sports history. Sparked by dynamic head coach Mike Ditka, they were a devastating powerhouse on defense and efficient machine on offense, and featured an array of memorable characters such as Jim McMahon, Walter Payton, William Perry, Dave Duerson, Richard Dent and Mike Singletary. Thirty years later, the players are still revered, but many of them are feeling less than immortal. Host Bryant Gumbel, who was raised in Chicago, returns home to explore the triumph and tragedy that have touched this band of close-knit brothers. Interviews include Mike Ditka, Jim McMahon, Richard Dent, Steve McMichael and Tregg Duerson.

Producer: Jordan Kronick.

            *Cris Collinsworth. Arguably the most accomplished and recognized personality in sports broadcasting today, Cris Collinsworth, 55, has the unique ability to explain the complexities of football to millions of viewers. An All-American at the University of Florida, he played eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, earning three Pro Bowl nods and appearing in two Super Bowls against the San Francisco 49ers (XVI and XXIII). Following his second Super Bowl appearance, Collinsworth began his TV work on HBO’s “Inside the NFL.” Since 2009, he’s been the expert analyst for the league’s most-watched game of the week on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

REAL SPORTS correspondent Mary Carillo goes one-on-one with the 15-time Emmy® winner two weeks before he calls Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona and gains a behind-the-scenes look at his tireless preparation, which includes ten-hour days full of film sessions. She learns that Collinsworth, a husband and father of four, has passed along the sports tradition to his children. Austin is captain of the Notre Dame football team and Jac hosts a weekly football television show at Notre Dame, while Ashley is a junior captain of the Harvard track team and Katie is making her way as an executive at the Golf Channel.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

            *Reinventing His Game. In 2009, after prolonged turmoil with the New York Knicks, Stephon Marbury turned down a one-year contract offer from the Boston Celtics and walked away from the NBA. Already dealing with deep depression over the loss of his father in 2007 and the failure of his Starbury brand of affordable basketball sneakers, the 13-year veteran struggled to cope away from the hardwood.

But in 2010, Marbury returned to the game he loved with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and had an impressive season, averaging 23 points and nine assists. Now, after five seasons in the CBA, Marbury, 37, is one of the league’s biggest stars. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Beijing Ducks, leading them to the playoffs each year, and capturing championships in 2012 and 2014, something the Coney Island native never experienced in the NBA. More recently, his Starbury brand has been reenergized by his success in China. REAL SPORTS correspondent Carl Quintanilla heads to Beijing, where Marbury tells him he has no plans to come back to the U.S.

Producer: Naimah Jabali-Nash.

*Urban Meyer. Earlier this week, Urban Meyer entered rarified air with his third National Championship, leading Ohio State Buckeyes to an upset victory over the Oregon Ducks. Just a few months ago, in Sept. 2014, REAL SPORTS correspondent Andrea Kremer presented a revealing look at Meyer, revealing the amazing highs and painful lows of being at the helm of a National Championship team. In a new interview, Kremer sits down with Meyer to discuss how winning a National Championship feels this time around.

During his six seasons as head football coach with the University of Florida, Urban Meyer captured two National Championships. Less than two years after winning the 2008 title, however, he shocked the college football world by retiring at age 46, citing health and family. But there was more to the story than the reported chest pains. Meyer could only stay away from the game so long before his desire to patrol the sidelines returned, and in 2012 took the reins at Ohio State University. Kremer originally talked with the 50-year-old to discuss his departure from Florida and his new position at one of the nation’s most pressure-filled football programs, learning how he intended to balance work and family – and hearing from Meyer’s wife and daughters whether he was living up to his end of the bargain.

Producer: Jordan Kronick.

Other HBO playdates: Jan. 20 (4:40 a.m.), 22 (7:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 24 (10:45 a.m.), 26 (10:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m.) and 30 (2:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (10:00 a.m.) and 3 (6:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Jan. 23 (3:30 p.m.), 28 (10:00 p.m.) and 31 (2:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m.), and Feb. 5 (6:00 p.m., 1:15 a.m.), 12 (8:45 a.m.), 14 (2:30 p.m.) and 16 (12:05 a.m.)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on Jan. 20, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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HBO World Championship Boxing Saturday Night from Las Vegas: Bradley vs. Chaves, Korobov vs. Lee, Herrera vs. Benavidez

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®:  TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. DIEGO CHAVES,

MATT KOROBOV VS. ANDY LEE AND MAURICIO HERRERA VS. JOSE BENAVIDEZ

SATURDAY, DEC. 13 FROM LAS VEGAS

A talented international cast takes the spotlight in Las Vegas when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. DIEGO CHAVES, MATT KOROBOV VS. ANDY LEE AND MAURICIO HERRERA VS. JOSE BENAVIDEZ is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 13 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 14 (8:45 a.m.) and 15 (midnight)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 14 (6:00 p.m.) and 16 (midnight)

Former junior welterweight and welterweight champ Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1, 12 KOs) of Palm Springs, Cal. is one of the sport’s most recognizable fighters.  Polished and resourceful. Following his first loss as a pro to superstar Manny Pacquiao last April, he’ll look to bounce back in this 12-round welterweight rumble.

Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a power puncher who seeks to score a knockout in every fight. He was disqualified for excessive fouling in the ninth round of his last outing, a competitive ten-round bout with Brandon Rios in which one judge had him ahead.

Second on the bill, two gritty middleweights square off for a vacant 160-pound title belt, as Matt Korobov (24-0, 13 KOs) meets Andy Lee (33-2, 23 KOs) in a 12-round contest. Both Korobov, a 2008 Russian Olympic team member, and the London-born Lee, a veteran of the 2004 Irish Olympic team, are pursuing their first world championship, which could lead to huge fights in the competitive division.

The opening bout is a super lightweight showdown pitting Mauricio Herrera of Riverside, Cal. (21-4, 7 KOs) against Jose Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs) of Phoenix in a 12-round tilt. Herrera has fought some of the most dangerous opponents in the division, including titlists Mike Alvarado, Danny Garcia and Ruslan Provodnikov. Benavidez had a sensational amateur career, winning the Golden Gloves national championship at age 16. Since turning pro at 17, he’s undefeated in 21 bouts.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, HBO’s flagship boxing series, launched in Jan. 1973, and is the top-performing boxing series on TV.

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Johnathan Evans.

® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

Real Sports returns Tuesday with a Roundtable Review of 2014

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PRESENTS A ROUNDTABLE REVIEW OF 2014

WHEN IT RETURNS TUESDAY, DEC. 16

            REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL caps its 20th season with a special roundtable review of the show’s most memorable moments this year when the series’ 213th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, DEC. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on Facebook at facebook.com/realsports and Twitter at @RealSportsHBO.

Departing from the show’s regular format, host Bryant Gumbel leads correspondents Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Andrea Kremer, Soledad O’Brien, Carl Quintanilla and David Scott in a spirited roundtable discussion of 2014, touching on everything from favorite stories of the year to the interviews and segments that had the greatest impact on them.

The REAL SPORTS team traveled the globe in 2014 in pursuit of high-impact stories that resonate on a worldwide level, visiting: Athens, Greece and Manaus and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to examine “white elephants,” world-class stadiums built for events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup, which often remain unused and serve as symbols of financial incompetence afterward; Qatar, the tiny Middle Eastern nation that secured the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but has been dogged by scandal, including accusations of bribery and inhumane, even deadly, labor practices in connection with its winning bid; and Italy, France, Germany and the Far East to investigate an elaborate, multi-continental network of match-fixing in professional soccer.

REAL SPORTS looked at hot-button issues, covering: marijuana use in the NFL as an alternative to opiate-based painkillers; the marketing of shooting sports to children in the U.S. in order to build the next generation of firearm consumers and gun supporters; alleged unsafe breeding practices in the world of competitive dog shows and their affect on canine health; the NCAA student-athlete academic reform that was mandated in 2003 to promote better education practices at big-time universities such as the University of North Carolina, and subsequent reports of fraud; a widespread and dangerous drug culture that’s killing dozens of race horses every week in the U.S.; and the radical ideas being proposed to reverse the declining popularity of golf.

The show met inspiring and memorable people, among them: Gunnar Esiason and his father, former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Boomer Esiason, who shares an incredible bond with correspondent Frank Deford as a father to a child with cystic fibrosis; and Fallon Fox, who became the first openly transgender MMA fighter in 2013.

REAL SPORTS was there when computer-based sport activities took center stage, revealing how eSports, one of the fastest-growing spectator sports, has infiltrated the college landscape, and exploring the rapid growth of daily fantasy sports into a billion-dollar industry.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 19 (10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.), 21 (11:00 a.m., 3:45 a.m.), 23 (11:30 p.m.), 26 (2:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 27 (8:15 a.m.) and 30 (7:00 p.m., 3:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 17 (4:45 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 31 (8:45 a.m., 10:30 p.m.), and Jan. 2 (2:30 p.m., 3:00 a.m.), 4 (8:40 a.m.) and 17 (2:00 p.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability: Dec. 17-Jan. 7

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Joe Perskie; senior coordinating producer, Nick Dolin; coordinating producer, Tim Walker; producers, Lisa Bennett, Maggie Burbank, Chapman Downes, Josh Fine, Jordan Kronick and Jason Samuels; associate producers, Nisreen Habbal, Katie Melone, Beret Remak and Jake Rosenwasser; production associates, Adam Berkowitz, Max Gershberg and Naimah Jabali-Nash.

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HBO Boxing After Dark returns Saturday Night from Brooklyn

hbo-boxingHBO BOXING® PRESENTS A SIZZLING LATE-NIGHT

TRIPLEHEADER FROM BROOKLYN’S BARCLAYS CENTER WHEN

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: DAVID LEMIEUX VS. GABRIEL ROSADO,

HUGO CENTENO JR. VS. JAMES DE LA ROSA AND

THOMAS DULORME VS. HANK LUNDY IS SEEN SATURDAY, DEC. 6

HBO Boxing presents a sizzling night of ring action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: DAVID LEMIEUX VS. GABRIEL ROSADO, HUGO CENTENO JR. VS. JAMES DE LA ROSA AND THOMAS DULORME VS. HANK LUNDY is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 6 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 7 (9:30 a.m.) and 8 (12:45 a.m.)

HBO2 playdate: Dec. 9 (11:45 p.m.)

In the main event, engaging David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) of Montreal brings his hard-hitting reputation to HBO for the first time. This 12-round, 160-pound middleweight fight has all the earmarks of a brawl, as he meets Philadelphia’s hard-nosed Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs).

In the middle bout, the highly-regarded Hugo Centeno Jr. (21-0, 11 KOs), from the boxing hotbed of Oxnard, Cal., meets James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs) of Harlingen, Tex., in a middleweight clash scheduled for ten rounds. De La Rosa is coming off the biggest victory of his career over Alfredo Angulo.

The opening bout is an intriguing 140-pound junior welterweight showdown featuring Puerto Rico’s Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) and Philadelphia’s Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs). The scheduled ten-round fight is Dulorme’s fourth bout in New York.

The telecast marks HBO’s third trip to Barclays Center, which is quickly becoming a hot spot in the fight game.

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.

All HBO boxing events are presented in HDTV. HBO viewers must have access to the HBO HDTV channel to watch HBO programming in high definition.

The executive producer of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Johnathan Evans.

® HBO BOXING AFTER DARK is a registered service mark of Home Box Office, Inc.

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